Traffic Increases Around The Rodeo
by: Laurie Johnson, February 28, 2012 4:02:00 pm
"From 288 going to the Museum District, exit Soutmore or Binz. To go to Hermann Park or the Houston Zoo, exit MacGregor Way ... "
Houston Mayor Annise Parker hasn't suddenly become a traffic cop, but she is worried about the convergence of spring break, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and mild, pleasant weather in Hermann Park and the Museum District.
"If someone comes down and gets stuck in a 2 1/2 traffic jam, they're going to have a really bad day, and we don't want that. We want everybody to enjoy all of these activities. It was great when the rodeo shifted a little bit to be able to encompass spring break. It makes it much more accessible to a lot of folks. But it also means that this very busy corridor gets even more traffic."
Parker says the city has put together a Unified Command Post to deal with traffic going to and from the Rodeo, Houston Zoo, museums and Texas Medical Center.
"Houstonians need to think a little bit before they come. We don't want to discourage, we want to encourage everyone, but it just takes a little thought before you leave the house to plan your route."
METRO officials say there is more traffic with rodeo ridership up 11 percent so far over last year. More than 59,000 people used light rail for Friday's Barbecue Cook-off, making it the fifth highest day of ridership since the light rail opened.